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If you’re a GMP focused QA leader fluent in English and Spanish and you’d like to hear about a genuinely exciting Northern Spain based QA leadership I’d love to hear from you.


My client is a leading edge life science business moving towards the commercialisation of a range of products.  As part of this programme they’re investing in a new, state of the art facility in Bilbao and are recruiting for a Head of Quality to provide overall site leadership from a quality perspective.


The business is young, dynamic and highly entrepreneurial.  We’re looking for someone who would fit well in a fast moving environment where no two days are the same and there are a very wide variety of potential responsibilities to take ownership of.  While the role is technical there is a strong focus on leadership both from an expertise perspective and also in terms of management.  You’d be responsible for all aspects of recruiting, managing and developing the team so a track record in this area is important.


The core focus of the role is to provide quality leadership for the site;


  • Validation and qualification of all GxP activities on the new site, most notably GMP.
  • Development, implementation and management of a robust quality management system.
  • Operation leadership of the QA department including formal line management responsibility.
  • Ensuring that the site is ahead of requirements for inspection and adopts a proactive approach to this.
  • Creating a validation function.
  • Strong strategic focus with accountability for identifying areas of improvement across the business and initiating and driving improvement projects across the business, particularly in quality.


Due to the small, growing and entrepreneurial nature of the business you can expect a huge variety of tasks to come up that might not traditionally fall under the remit of a quality leader.  It a company where everyone contributes what they can and is happy to take on tasks as required.


We’re looking for a really outstanding candidate for this role;


  • Absolute requirement for full fluency in Spanish and English
  • Very well established leadership experience gained in a QA context.
  • Specific expertise in GMP, any additional expertise in other GxP disciplines would be appreciated.
  • Track record in QMS creation and management.


The following experience would be highly relevant and appreciated


  • Experience of technology transfer
  • Experience in site set up / creation
  • Any cross functional experience in regulatory, clinical and Safety.


I can’t stress how exciting and interesting this company is; aside from the fact that they’re at a pivotal point in their development they have amazing products and an incredible team of highly motivated, supportive and engaged people.


It’s a great job.


Please contact me to find out more – I’d love to tell you all about it.

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Andrew Wise